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- Monday9:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Tuesday9:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Wednesday9:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Thursday9:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Friday9:00 am to 2:00 pm
- SaturdayBy Appointment Only
While most dental visits are routine, every year a surprising number of people need to see a dental professional as quickly as possible. Dental problems can occur at any time and often happen at the most inconvenient time. Many dental issues are severe enough to be classed as an emergency that simply can’t wait for you to attend a routine appointment. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
We are delighted to offer same-day urgent dental care for those patients who require the immediate services of a dental professional. An emergency appointment can ensure that you aren’t in pain for any longer than necessary and will help to protect the long-term health and attractiveness of your smile.
There are a variety of circumstances in which same-day urgent dental care should be sought. These include the following:
Severe or persistent bleeding from the mouth
Dental pain that isn’t being relieved with over-the-counter pain medications and is making it hard to function normally or sleep
An obviously broken restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture
A significant crack or break in your tooth (you should save the broken part of your tooth if you can find it as it may be possible for your dentist to reattach it)
A knocked-out tooth (again, you should save the tooth if you can since it may be able to be placed back in the socket)
An abscess that has formed around a tooth
Obvious signs of infection, which include inflammation, redness, visible pus, and severe dental pain
Severe facial trauma affecting the mouth or jaw
A dental emergency can be stressful and frightening, especially if you are in pain or bleeding. However, it is important to stay as calm as possible while you assess what is happened and carry out any immediate first aid that is necessary. For example, stemming the flow of blood from your tooth or recovering a tooth that has been knocked out. If you’ve lost all or part of a tooth and can recover it, you should pop it in a glass of water or milk to preserve it. Make sure that you don’t touch the root as doing so, even gently, could damage it and make it less likely to reattach successfully.
When you can, contact our dental office and explain the nature of your emergency to our team. They will carry out a brief telephone assessment of your condition to determine if you need a same-day appointment. They may also give you further advice on what you should do until you attend your appointment.
The aim of emergency dental care is to provide relief from any severe pain, stop any bleeding and restore the function of your teeth. Exactly what will happen will depend on the nature of your emergency. Some examples include:
Prescribing strong pain relief
Prescribing antibiotics for an infection
Carrying out an emergency procedure such as root canal or an extraction
Carrying out a temporary repair to restore the function of your teeth, such as a filling or crown (you’ll then need to return in a regular appointment to have a bespoke restoration created and fitted).
If you would like more information about emergency dental care, please get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable dental team in Rockford, IL who would be delighted to offer their expertise and support.